Fast forward to 2012. I tried going cold turkey off Prozac. I got dizzy spells and was really irritable. Went back on them and all was well. I had just moved with wh at the time, so it probably want the smartest idea to quit Prozac then.
In 2013 I was at a stable point, asked the nurse practitioner, weaned myself off. Felt good. In 2014 I started really packing my kids schedules with activities (maybe to be so busy i dont have to deal with feelings?) , and found myself worrying about stupid stuff (do they have enough friends, will their recital be OK, etc.). I am also feeling very anxious about them growing up, as in dreading driving, dating, etc... (They are preschool and elementary school age???!!!)
I have also been snapping at them a lot.
All signs point to, I need to go back on Prozac.
I just don't want to be Dependant on that forever.
Also, in 2013, I was thinking I'd like to try for another baby in 2014, and I didn't want to be on Prozac then. Baby plans have been shelved indefinitely (I'm just not emotionally where I need to be with me or wh to have a baby now)
Any advice? I'm letting minor things get to me and really getting irritated with little stuff. I just LIKE myself and life in general better on Prozac. Should I try stress relief activities before going back on ADs? Any natural remedies?
To be honest, I think I still need some therapy regarding the fall out from my bad year 2010. Could therapy be what I need not prozac
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I am of the belief that I need it. Just like a diabetic needs insulin. Just like people need to wear glasses. I have a wiring problem that make me need prozac. There is no shame in it. AD's have such a negative stigma attached to them. A small dose can make a huge difference.
Do what you need to feel better!
My only worry is taking it while pregnant. Is that a problem. Im not pregnant now and don't plan to be for atleast 6+ mos, but ive had two surprise pregnancies, and I know surprise pregnancies happen
WHen I was on Prozac before, I was either abstinent (WH and I were separated 3 years) or on The Pill, Im not on The Pill now...
Some people have a genetic predisposition to have low serotonin levels like others have diabetes or heart disease. Two hundred years ago your ancestors were drinking beer, smoking pot or drinking St John's wort for their symptoms. Go easy on yourself.
Pretty good evidence for that relatively minor issues that exercise -- good hard workouts at least 3-4x a week -- is as or more effective than ADs. So that might be something to consider also.
good hard workouts at least 3-4x a week
I was wondering if perhaps looking at making some lifestyle tweaks would help me. I have jogged regularly in the past and it is a great stress reliever for me. Finding time is hard, but doable.
Some people have a genetic predisposition to have low serotonin levels like others have diabetes or heart disease. Two hundred years ago your ancestors were drinking beer, smoking pot or drinking St John's wort for their symptoms. Go easy on yourself
Thanks for this reminder, Purple. My grandfather was an alcoholic (died at 58 of cirrhosis) and my great grandfather was also an alcoholic (died at 48 of stroke due to alcoholism). So you are probably right, its probably a genetic thing. I don't drink, and recently I've been so stressed I think, "Hell, I need to buy a bottle of wine"
Don't worry--- its only a fleeting thought. My husband is a recovering addict, so none of that stuff is allowed in my house.
But I do agree some people need ADs like other need BP meds
Going through the worst times I took a formula called Neurolink by Designs for Health (amazon has it) that included B6 and 5HTP as well as a few other nutrients that support balanced brain chemistry. I would be a crying basketcase and within 20 minutes of taking 2 capsules I was functional again. I could also stop taking them abruptly with no ill effects. 3 caps twice a day is a normal dose.
I think this is safer than prozac if you are pregnant. They may not find a direct link between ADs during pregnancy and brain chemistry issues in kids, but I think it would be hard to prove the link, and it's not like they can experiment on pregnant women to gain the best clarity.
Everyone may respond differently to nutrients so if you try this, start with a small dosage for the first few days or a week and then build up so you can observe your response.
[This message edited by InnerLight at 12:09 AM, April 28th (Monday)]